Boeing Dreamliner Makes First Flight

    An All Nippon Airways Boeing 787 lands at Hong Kong International Airport for the airplane's inaugural commercial flight from Japan, on Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2011. The jet, nicknamed The Dreamliner by Boeing Corp., was flown by Japan's All Nippon Airways and was packed with aviation reporters and enthusiasts — some of whom paid thousands of dollars for the privilege.  (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)

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    After years of delays, the Boeing Dreamliner completed its first commercial trip, landing in Hong Kong after taking off in Tokyo. The jet was originally designed in 2001 as the "Sonic Cruiser," a super-fast passenger jet that rising fuel prices rendered obsolete. It was changed to the Dreamliner, whose carbon-composite body is supposed to make flying 20 percent more fuel efficient. Glitches and parts delays have left Boeing with a backlog of 821 orders for the plane.

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